Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: In the past twenty years, millions of Chinese have come to embrace Christianity as their main belief. Yet, this amazing phenomenon of people turning to Christ is not happening in every part of China. I have been ministering among the Chinese for 15 years, and in recent years, I discovered that there are more than 250 people groups in which there are no Christians at all. These groups are classified as minorities in China. Furthermore, since most of them have very little education, oral practice is the predominant mode of communication among them.
Such awareness has prompted the urgency in my heart. Thus I began to research the method of evangelism among oral cultures in the world. To my surprise, there are missions organizations and missionaries already engaging in evangelizing these peoples using oral strategies such as drama, music and stories with notable success. Thus in 2005 I launched a pilot study among the Zhuang people, the largest minority group in China, using the storytelling approach for evangelism. The result was very encouraging. I believe that storytelling evangelism among Chinese oral cultures can be enhanced with training. This thesis project is my desire for this purpose. Through this I hope to draw others especially those who have burden for China minorities to appreciate and appropriate this oral strategy.